City of Dubuque, Iowa

A US city alerts citizens to water waste, increases water leak detection and encourages water conservation by providing deep insight into water consumption trends through a solution that combines the power of cloud computing and analytics

Published on 18-Oct-2011

Validated on 12 Feb 2014

"Today, municipalities and citizens more than ever need to understand their patterns of behavior and how to change them. Our citizens now have access to real-time data enabling them to alter their patterns of behavior, which will save them money and conserve a precious resource." - Roy D. Buol, Mayor of Dubuque

Customer:
City of Dubuque, Iowa

Industry:
Government

Deployment country:
United States

Solution:
Asset Management, BA - Business Analytics, BA - Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Cloud & Service Management, Development & Technology Adoption, IBM Research, Industry Framework , Information Governance, Information Integration

Smarter Planet:
Smarter Cities, Smarter Government, Smarter Water

IBM Business Partner:
Esri

Overview

Dubuque is a city of 60,000 citizens in the US state of Iowa. It was named the “most livable small city” in the country by the US Conference of Mayors in 2008. Dubuque has evolved into a major retail, medical, education and employment center with a strong commitment to innovation and citizen involvement.

Business need:
The City of Dubuque was committed to reducing its impact on the environment while still delivering the services its residents needed. The city and its citizens had limited insight into their water consumption and management, and as a result the city struggled to reduce water costs and its overall consumption footprint. Without accurate information on resource distribution and consumption, and a way to enlist the help of its citizens, the city found it difficult to act on its commitment to sustainability and to alter citizen behavior.

Solution:
Governments are increasingly striving to realize the economic as well as the environmental benefits that come from reducing energy and resource usage. To achieve these benefits, the City of Dubuque built a prototype platform for real-time sustainability monitoring that provides an integrated view of the city’s energy management. Monitoring water consumption every 15 minutes, the smarter meter system securely transmits that anonymous data along with information on weather, demographics and household characteristics to the cloud, where it is analyzed.

Benefits:
· Decreased water utilization during the pilot project by 89,090 gallons among 151 households over nine weeks—a 6.6 percent reduction · Anticipated aggregate annual community-wide water savings across 23,000 households to be 64,944,218 gallons, or US$190,936 · Increased water leak detection by participating citizens at a rate of 8 percent compared to 0.98 percent citywide, a 716 percent increase

Case Study

Dubuque is a city of 60,000 citizens in the US state of Iowa. It was named the “most livable small city” in the country by the US Conference of Mayors in 2008. Dubuque has evolved into a major retail, medical, education and employment center with a strong commitment to innovation and citizen involvement.

The Opportunity
The City of Dubuque was committed to reducing its impact on the environment while still delivering the services its residents needed. The city and its citizens had limited insight into their water consumption and management, and as a result the city struggled to reduce water costs and its overall consumption footprint. Without accurate information on resource distribution and consumption, and a way to enlist the help of its citizens, the city found it difficult to act on its commitment to sustainability and to alter citizen behavior.

What Makes It Smarter
Governments are increasingly striving to realize the economic as well as the environmental benefits that come from reducing energy and resource usage. To achieve these benefits, the City of Dubuque built a prototype platform for real-time sustainability monitoring that provides an integrated view of the city’s energy management. The initial pilot project provides insight into water consumption behavior and trends for citizens, city policy makers and the city water department. Monitoring water consumption every 15 minutes, the smarter meter system securely transmits that anonymous data along with information on weather, demographics and household characteristics to the cloud, where it is analyzed. The system quickly and automatically notifies households of potential leaks and anomalies, providing citizens with a better understanding of consumption patterns.

Real Business Results
· Decreased water utilization during the pilot project by 89,090 gallons among 151 households over nine weeks—a 6.6 percent reduction
· Anticipated aggregate annual community-wide water savings across 23,000 households to be 64,944,218 gallons, or US$190,936
· Increased water leak detection by participating citizens at a rate of 8 percent compared to 0.98 percent citywide, a 716 percent increase

For more information
Please contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner. Visit us at: ibm.com/government

To learn more about the City of Dubuque, Iowa visit: http://www.cityofdubuque.org/

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
Tivoli Access Manager for Business Integration, DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows, Cognos Business Intelligence, WebSphere Application Server

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